Fruit Of The Fripperboard February 5, 2012
Written by happypig
This is the essence of Robert Fripp’s Guitar Work, for me, at least. The interlocking stuff, the complex-timed constructions, the Soundscapes, I wait (and sometimes suffer) through all of that to get the smidgen of this. Solos like the "Hammond Song", like "St. Elmo’s Fire"-A sui generis tone, playing melodies not based in the blues, but having just as much emotion. The few notes of "Heroes" says more than all the notes of all the shredders together. A reviewer once wrote "Withering" and I couldn’t agree more.
I often wanted to attend a Guitar Craft course, just for the chance to ask RF a "burning question" -"Why are you so parsimonious with these gems?" The Frippertronics shows of yore were rich with the melodic solos, but they really shine as part of a song. A fantasy of mine would put RF in a studio with Art Garfunkel or Aaron Neville, a piano trio (preferably Larry Goldings) and new songs by people who know better. Produced "audio verité" style. That guitar with those voices, in that setting. Traditional and cutting edge simultaneously. And I’ll bet that record would shift a few units as well.
But I digress...
I do not mean to dismiss the larger portion of RF’s work, but the "Gamelan Guitars" start to sound like The Hanon and Czerny exercises I had to endure as a student. The Soundscapes remind me of Tangerine Dream and Eno’s ambient stuff. The aleatoric-ish Crim tunes sometimes sound like they are dense and difficult for their own sake. I continue to buy Crim and Fripp-related music because I am assured that there will always be something that will interest me therein, and there is always a chance that there will be some sort of Fripp melodic moment contained.
2¢ deposited, Soapbox collapsed. And if anyone has Art or Aaron’s phone number, pass it over to RF-I have Larry’s...
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|AH...THAT SOUND! Wed., Jan 25, 2012|
Posted by: SSImuse
If there is such a thing as a perfect electric guitar sound, it has to be that of Fripp’s sustained overdrive. Love it....just plain love it.
| London, London, United Kingdom May 20, 1981|
Posted by: iansturgess
Presumably it was Record that the engineer hit!
Ha - absolutely Ian! Sid
|Hidden Track Mon., Jan 16, 2012|
Posted by: anonymous
This is my mistake, so sorry about that.
I will remake the track listing and add a track no. to Walking On Air Dub.
|Wonderful Mon., Jan 9, 2012|
Posted by: codex75
Again a wonderful collection, can’t wait ’til Vol. 5. And what have we here? Hidden at the end of track 2.2 something that appears to be a "dub" version of "Walking On Read more
|Moving Sun., Jan 8, 2012|
Posted by: gasmrv
There’s no doubt RF has a very strong connection to the WFC. This performance is one of the most moving I’ve heard to date, and a must have for those who appreciate RF’s Read more
| Los Angeles, California October 24, 2000|
Posted by: mjallen
My favorite show of that era. This show is funny, especially creative, and the sound quality is pleasant to listen to and not as digitally in your face as some of the later Crim Read more
|A Song of Mourning Thu., Jan 5, 2012|
Posted by: mflaherty
Robert begins this Soundscape, one of the best currently available, with a meditative piece called “Paradise Lost”. We have seen this title before, but usually with an accompanying “Paradise Read more
|Pure heaven Thu., Dec 29, 2011|
Posted by: Maximus
It occurs to me that big number of soundscapes available are essential - and this one is no exception! Listening to the first set is like flying in the sky accompanied by beautiful , Read more
|Absolutely mandatory Thu., Dec 29, 2011|
Posted by: Maximus
This one is truly exceptional. Time Stands Still is very deeply moving, and I could not give myself a better Christmas gift. Not to mention the blissful finale, where time is Read more
|Where R We? Mon., Dec 26, 2011|
Posted by: harmonicscarf
i waited quite a while to get this one........and i have such immense and unwieldy feelings about it. on one hand, the ’sickness’ of the percussion is devastatingly grandiose and Read more
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